Tastes like school spirit
London Community News
As more than 12,000 Western University alumni descend on London this weekend (Sept. 27-30), they will be able to refresh themselves with Proudly Purple ice cream, a flavour being offered by Marble Slab Creamery.
The flavour choice plays into the Paint London Purple theme of Homecoming, which will be prevalent through the many events and sporting activities that will make up the weekend.
A nationally televised match-up between two of the top ranked football teams in the nation headlines the festivities. The Yates Cup rematch between the Mustangs and the McMaster Maruaders on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 29) is only one of many events Western teams and alumni are hosting during the three-day celebration of school spirit.
Saturday’s football game will feature a number of special events, including a fly-over from Harvard Aircraft and an Air Force Colour Guard to begin the game. The Mustangs will also be honouring alumni before kick-off.
Another of the weekend’s many highlights includes the Mustangs swimming team moving to their new home in the Western Student Recreation Centre. The team will host its first ever meet in the pool, facing the Marauders in a dual meet at 2 p.m.
Prior to the meet over 150 alumni and supporters are expected at a reception to celebrate this new chapter in Mustangs Swimming.
The festivities get started on Friday night with the 38th Annual Alumni Awards Dinner in The Great Hall at Somerville House.
Along with the Alumni Awards of Merit both the Women’s Athletic Alumnae and W Club will be presenting awards to some of the most distinguished members of Mustangs’ athletics history. The WAA will be presenting its Elfrida Berzins Award to four individuals while the W Club will induct four into their Hall of Fame.
Across campus on Friday (Sept. 28) the women’s hockey team will face off against the Chinese National Team in what is becoming an annual tradition for the Mustangs.
Following up on the nearly 700 people in attendance for their exhibition opener against Hayley Wickenheiser and the Calgary Dinos, organizers are anticipating another large turn out for this game against China.
In addition to these events many other Mustangs teams will be hosting events throughout the weekend while welcoming back alumni to celebrate the history of Mustangs Athletics and Western University.
For a full list of activities, visit http://alumni.uwo.ca/connect/homecoming.
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